The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

by Robert Heinlein

I didn't expect much going into this book as I got it for free (thanks Lee) and I did zero research into either the book or Heinlein. The premise is simple - the computer that controls all of the services for the human colony on the Moon (Heinlein, like many others, imagined large central computing and not the largely distributed computing we have currently) becomes self-aware. A libertarian resistance group that wants to free the Moon colony from earthly government control decides to use the computer to help reach its goals.

I never really took the book that seriously but rather treated it as a light fun read with some comical scenes with the computer and the occasional knowledge gainz from a character called Prof.

Originally posted on Facebook May 23, 2017.